DNA Favorites Blog

This is Richard Hill, founder of DNA Favorites. I don't write long, detailed blogs. My blogging style matches that of my website: clear, concise summaries with links to learn more.

I typically share these posts to my DNA Favorites Facebook page and to my RichardHillDNA accounts on Twitter and LinkedIn. You can follow me in whatever medium you prefer.

May 27, 2022

Adopted Son and Birth Mother Reunite After 20 Years

This reunion did not require DNA. But it's interesting to see how such people could have interacted and not realized it.

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May 25, 2022

DNA Tests Can Uncover IVF Surprises

Genetic genealogy DNA tests are uncovering errors and abuses from in vitro fertilization (IVF). Some have even led to lawsuits.

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May 23, 2022

Visualizing Endogamy in Your Family Tree

How many cousin marriages does it take for endogamy to impact your genetic genealogy research? This post demonstrates a great tool for evaluating your tree.

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May 20, 2022

DNA Test Unlocks Family Mystery

One of my all-time favorite DNA success stories is told in this interview with the ABC News correspondent who lived it.

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May 18, 2022

SCGS Jamboree Announces Keynote Speaker

The August virtual conference of the Southern California Genealogical Society will have many presentations on DNA, including this one.

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May 16, 2022

When a DNA Test Reveals Your Daughter Is Not Your Biological Child

This interview examines such discoveries from a father's perspective.

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May 13, 2022

Adoptee Access to Original Birth Certificates

A patchwork of different state laws regulates if and how adoptees may access their original birth certificates.

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May 11, 2022

Adoptee's Birth Mother Was Looking for Her

At age 54, this adoptee did the 23andMe test and matched her uncle. More surprises followed as told in this well-written article with many photos.

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May 09, 2022

Understanding the X Chromosome

The most confusing part of a genealogical DNA test is the X chromosome, usually reported with an autosomal DNA test. This post by Blaine Bettinger may still be the best place to learn about the X.

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May 06, 2022

Long Lost Siblings Meet for the First Time

An Atlanta woman finds her half-brother halfway across the world. She knew he existed but it took an Ancestry DNA match to identify him.

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May 04, 2022

23andMe: Past, Present, and Future

Nearly ten years ago, 23andMe made a list of companies most likely to disrupt the status quo. This article reviews what happened and where the company is headed today.

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May 02, 2022

Chinese Adoptee Finds Birth Family

Mia Hagood shares all the steps, including DNA testing, which she used to successfully find both birth parents in China.

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Apr 29, 2022

Useful Facebook Groups for DNA Testers

Facebook is the epicenter for discussions about DNA testing. Here are some of the most useful DNA Facebook groups organized by category.

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Apr 27, 2022

Preserving Items for Future DNA Testing

Do you have items like envelopes, stamps, hair, or teeth that might contain the DNA of an ancestor? Roberta Estes reviews testing options and preservation tips.

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Apr 25, 2022

DNA Test Leads to $5 Million Award in Jury Trial

This woman discovered through DNA testing that her doctor had used his own sperm during an artificial insemination procedure. She sued and won.

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Apr 22, 2022

How to Break the News from a DNA Test Surprise

Some DNA testers will uncover an NPE (Not the Parent Expected). Genetic counselor Brianne Kirkpatrick tells how to give the news with compassion.

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Apr 20, 2022

Using Segment Data to Identify Unknown DNA

Rachel King shows how she uses segment data to figure out which ancestors provided a particular segment of DNA. Several examples are included.

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Apr 18, 2022

DNA Uncovers Hospital Error from 80 Years Ago

Born on the same day, two elderly men claim a hospital sent them home with the wrong families nearly 80 years ago. Lots of pain and heartache followed.

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Apr 15, 2022

The Best Tools for Working with DNA Matches

To work more effectively and efficiently with genetic matches use the best features of each testing company and some outstanding tools developed by others.

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Apr 13, 2022

Reporter Shares Her Personal Adoption/Reunion Story

This excellent video shows how a Korean adoptee used DNA testing to find and reunite with multiple biological relatives.

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Apr 11, 2022

Finally, the Complete Human Genome

Scientists have recently sequenced the complete human genome. This article summarizes how they did it and the benefits this will bring.

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Apr 08, 2022

An Exceptional Video on DNA Testing

Andrew Redfern shares his personal DNA journey in a well-done video with several good tips about testing and collaboration with matches.

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Apr 06, 2022

Man Identifies and Meets Father thru AncestryDNA Test

Another DNA success story. His father's reaction to being found: “Who wouldn’t be proud to be your father?”

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Apr 04, 2022

Survey Measures Opinions on DNA Testing

Why do many Americans choose to take a DNA test? Why are others reluctant? What do people think of their results? This survey provides the answers.

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Apr 01, 2022

The Top DNA Testing Bloggers

Once you understand the fundamentals of DNA testing, these DNA bloggers can provide useful tips and help you keep up with new developments.

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